2017 Youth Eco-Summit featuring Dr. David Suzuki!

Category: News
on 04 April 2017

"Connect the dots"

   with Dr. David Suzuki

Tuesday, November 21st

     at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre


.... and the event will conclude with International Speaker & Storyteller Cameron Brown, who will perform his latest song 'There's Still Time', live on stage on a grand piano and share insights on how we can make a greater impact.
(see Cameron's Bio further below)

Registration is NOW OPEN at the bottom of this page. Please read on to learn more including IMPORTANT event and registration details BEFORE you register your school.

BurlingtonGreen and the David Suzuki Foundation are proud to present this FREE, educational and inspirational experience to Halton students in grades 7 to 12.

Dr. David Suzuki has a message of hope and inspiration as he reveals the profound ways that Canadians are coming together for the goal of breathing fresh air, drinking clean water, eating safe food and enjoying a stable climate. These events will be a call to action for the Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot Movement.

This message is the essence of the national Blue Dot movement, and we are thrilled to provide you with a custom Teachers' toolkit on environmental rights aimed to inform, empower and engage your students in this important and historical initiative. Even if you will not be attending the event on Nov 21st in person, the toolkit will help your students take meaningful action to protect the environment while learning valuable lessons about political processes and civic engagement. Fostering this kind of learning in schools helps create informed, involved citizens.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to listen, learn and be inspired by this iconic environmentalist, broadcaster and award-winning scientist.

The morning of the Summit will consist of engaging, on stage presentations by 4 local Eco-Heros, who will each share their inspirational stories of how they are working to make the world a better place (Please see their impressive profiles below).

The event will conclude with a special musical guest performance and a world premier video by Cameron Brown ( learn more about Cameron further below)


While we would like to provide this opportunity to everyone, there is simply not enough space at the venue to accommodate the thousands of youth and teachers in Halton.

Each Halton school serving grades 7 to 12 may register to attend. Effective October 18th at noon: Registration is now available on a first come first serve basis to fill the remaining space available. 

If your school is already registered to attend, you can register an additional 10 people including a maximum of 2 teachers (as part of the 10). Thus, you would be having a total of 15 people including a maximum of 3 teacher/supervisiors attend from your school. ( 5 from the first round of registration + 10 more now)

If your school has NOT already registered to attend, you can register a total of 10 people including a maximum of 2 teachers (as part of the 10).

You are NOT asked to register specific students.

*PLEASE NOTE: Our system will not allow you to register duplicate email addresses, so please use a different email address when adding additional people to your registration.

PLEASE coordinate within your school to ensure you do not exceed the maximum amount of space available to register for this Youth Summit event.

PLEASE CLICK HERE for the full-day event itinerary:

9:00 AM: Student/teacher arrival and issue of access passes to registered participants. Interactive Eco-Art & displays.
(please do not arrive before 9 :00 as venue doors will not be open until then)

 9:45 AM: Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:00 AM: Local Eco-Hero Presentations ( See further below for Eco-Hero profiles)

11:30 AM: Lunch and Audience Q & A with Eco-Heros

12:30 PM: Video introduction,  Keynote + Q & A with Dr. David Suzuki

1:30 PM:  Special musical performance by Cameron Brown & world premiere video

2:00 PM: Closing remarks & Depature

* Tickets can be purchased for a special VIP reception and a public event here

"Together, we can change history.” – David Suzuki

PLEASE CLICK HERE BEFORE you register to review information about the event:

  • The Youth Eco-Summit is NOT just for school eco-club students.  It offers a full day of inspirational learning for students & teachers from ALL disciplines!
  • Travel to/from the event and supply coverage is the responsibility of each school. We hope you will carpool or take public transit if you can.
    Note: Supply teacher support may be offered by the school Boards. Details on this will be posted here once we learn of them.

  • Please help us host a GREEN event: participants are asked to try to bring an earth friendly lunch (i.e. litter free, meat free, include a local food item, etc.). Please make sure any organics/recycling are deposited in the green and blue carts that will be provided at the event venue.

  • Some eco-friendly merchandise will be available for purchase at the event with proceeds to support the important work of BurlingtonGreen and the David Suzuki Foundation.  Students and teachers planning to purchase are encouraged to bring cash for quicker sales processing.

  • Teachers must ensure they bring the # of students they have registration confirmation for. No more and no less. We expect there may be a waiting list for this event.

  • The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is located at 440 Locust Street, on the corner of Locust and Elgin. For those carpooling to the event please follow this link to a map of all of the parking locations in downtown Burlington.

  • Field trip permission waiver forms including photo release approvals are the responsibility of each school.



Julia Barnes


Julia Barnes attended Nelson High School in Burlington and is the award-winning filmmaker behind ‘Sea of Life’. For as long as Julia can remember she has been passionate about the natural world, but it wasn't until Julia was 16 that she realized the world she loved was in serious jeopardy. After watching Rob Stewart's empowering and eye-opening documentary ‘Revolution’ and learning that the world's coral reefs, rain forests, and fisheries are expected to be gone by the middle of this century, Julia was compelled to take action to protect the world she loves from human destruction, and she knew that film was the most powerful tool she could use to help spread the word.

So at the age of 16, with no prior film experience, Julia picked up a video camera and set out to make a documentary to raise awareness about the biggest threats facing the planet and inspire audiences to turn things around. ‘Sea of Life’ is a call to action for today's youth, presenting the challenges we face as an opportunity for young people to rise up and become the heroes the world needs.

Andrew Wong

A graduate of Nelson High School, Andrew Wong is a National Geographic Young Explorer, photographer, filmmaker, and artist whose work focuses on understanding the sustainable livelihoods of peoples of the world, particularly indigenous cultures.

With food, water, and natural resources increasingly becoming in need on the planet in this 21st century, Andrew's work seeks to learn how different cultures have found their own ways to live, eat, and consume resources sustainably. If the 7,000 cultures of the world are unique answers to the fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? Then, Andrew believes, the 7,000 cultures of the world also provide unique answers to the vital question: How do we, as humans, live sustainably on this planet Earth?

In recent years, Andrew's work has taken him to the Canadian Arctic, South America, Eastern Europe, and Southern Asia, from living in the Nepal Himalaya to learn about Sherpa life-ways in 2014, to Nunavut, Canada where he lives today learning about Inuit knowledge of the land and hunting ways.

An award winning storyteller, Andrew received a coveted research and exploration grant by National Geographic Society naming him a Young Explorer, and he also received the Toyota Earth Day National Award and was named Canada’s Next Green Journalist by Environmental Defence.

Jackie Prime

Growing up in Burlington, Jackie became interested in animals and nature at a young age. A graduate of MM Robinson High School, Jackie went on to earn her PhD in Anthropology studying gibbons in South East Asia, where she lived for two years as the only foreign researcher in Thailand’s most celebrated protected rainforests: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khao Yai National Park.

Armed with some research equipment, a video camera, and a solid pair of hiking boots, Jackie left Burlington knowing only one thing for sure: living alone on the other side of the world would be no walk in the park. Relying on the kindness of strangers, she would need to learn the local language fast and make new friends in order to survive life in the jungle – a task that put her strength and psyche to the ultimate test – leading her to discover a lot about the animals she studies, but even more about the intrinsic value of life and what it means to be human.

Now with over a decade of teaching and research experience, Jackie is one of the few dedicated gibbon specialists in the world and the founder of Prime Earth, sharing her story and knowledge with others to empower people to become active participants in a global society that respects nature, human diversity, and our planet to create a more compassionate world.

Kale Black     

Kale Black is passionate about being a catalyst for positive change in the world. At only 28 years old, Kale has accumulated over a decade of experience working in the environmental movement, helping to create a better world for people, the environment, and all forms of life on earth.

An award winning environmentalist and community organizer, Kale’s interest and enthusiasm for environmental sustainability was first sparked at Aldershot High School while taking eco-studies, where he served as their first eco-club president and worked a split co-op position with the City of Burlington’s Environment Department and BurlingtonGreen.

Kale was then hired as BurlingtonGreen’s first Youth Program Coordinator and became a key figure in community environmentalism developing Burlington’s first environmental Youth Network, teaching more than 7000 children in Kids Go Green workshops, and managing BurlingtonGreen’s event greening and habitat restoration work.Ultimately, Kale’s leadership has resulted in a whopping 61+ tons of organics and recyclables diverted from landfills and the planting of over 10,000 native plants and trees in Burlington.

Over the years, Kale’s investment in numerous local eco-projects and his inspiring workshops and keynote talks at the Ontario Nature Youth Summit, have motivated and mobilized hundreds of youth and community volunteers to take action for the planet and become the positive force of change this world needs to live sustainably on our planet.

You can download and print a summary of the Eco-Hero profiles to share with your students HERE.

The event will conclude with International Speaker & Storyteller Cameron Brown, sharing insights on how we can make a greater impact and performing his latest song 'There's Still Time' live on stage on a grand piano.

Born and raised in outback Australia, Cameron has turned his dream and passion for helping others into a socially conscious company that empowers people across the globe to make a greater impact.

In 2016, he sold or donated 99% of the things he used to own and embarked on a global quest to show first hand, that how we run our companies, live our lives and utilise our unique talents & strengths, determines our future as a species.

Through the talks he gives, people he coaches, and music & short films he creates that have an audience in 195 countries, Cameron discusses important topics including human potential, creative thinking, sustainability and relationship development.

Questions or Comments?

We hope you and your students are excited as we are to “Connect the Dots” on November 21st!  If you find you  have questions please contact BG team member, Natalie here.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

      Earth (Platinum) Sponsor


       Forest (Gold) & Media Sponsors



Tree (Silver) Sponsors


Leaf (Bronze) Sponsors

City of Burlington


Burlington Hydro

Impressive Printing

    Seedling (Copper) Sponsors

          Conservation Halton

               Bullfrog Power

         Smith's Funeral Homes

More Sponsors & Supporters

VIP reception musician: Tim Park

...and more to come!

We are grateful to the Burlington Foundation for their grant gift to support education at the Youth Eco-Summit

BurlingtonGreen is proudly supported by: